Manaf Umar scores late to secure win for Hearts of Oak over King Faisal


Manaf Umar scored a late penalty to secure a 2-1 win for Hearts of Oak over King Faisal at the Ohene Ameyaw Park in the Ghana Premier League week six fixture on Saturday afternoon.

Hearts of Oak head coach, Kosta Papic, swapped goalkeeper Richard Attah for Richmond Ayi in post, as captain Fatawu Mohammed took the place of regular Larry Sumaila at the right-back position.

King Faisal head coach, Slaviša Bozicic, made four changes to his team that lost 5-1 to Ashgold in midweek.

The Phobians started the game on a front foot, with an early chance falling the way of Michelle Sarpong, but he hit it wide.

Benjamin Afutu tapped in the opener from a cross by Fatawu Mohammed to hand the Rainbow lads the lead in the 15th minute of the game.

The visitors’ call for a penalty was waved away by the referee as Patrick Razak was brought down by King Faisal goalkeeper, Kaisan Yuisu.

The In Sha Allah boys came out of the break piling pressure for the equalizer and it paid off when debutant, Frimpong Boateng, headed in a cross from Wadudu to beat Richmond Ayi in the 49th minute.

The game seemed to be heading for a draw but Hearts of Oak were awarded a penalty late in the game after Pius Baffour handled the ball in the penalty box.

Manaf Umar stepped up and sent Kaisan the wrong way to win the game for the Phobians in the 90th minute–their second win of the season to atone for the 2-0 midweek humiliation to Aduana Stars.

The win propelled Hearts of Oak to 5th position on the league log with 8 points, while King Faisal remain second from bottom with 4 points.


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